CASE AGAINST COUNCILLOR CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE POSTPONED FOR BAIL APPLICATION IN HIS ABSENCE

CASE AGAINST COUNCILLOR CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE POSTPONED FOR BAIL APPLICATION IN HIS ABSENCE

The Orkney Magistrates’ Court postponed the case against Tebogo Sepale (43), a Councillor at the Matlosana Local Municipality, to 07 July 2023, for further investigations and bail application. His attorney appeared on his behalf as he was absent from court for unknown reasons. The state state intends to oppose his bail application. The state is awaiting the conclusion of investigations to possibly add more charges against the accused.

He is facing eleven provisional charges, two for statutory rape, three for the violation of a child with consent, one for manufacturing pornographic material, four for rape and one for sexual intimidation

His court appearance emanates from a report by the police indicating that the Klerksdorp Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit, was investigating a case of crimen injuria and two separate counts of statutory rape, after they were reported at Kanana police station, respectively.

In one of the cases, the suspect allegedly shared a nude picture of his private parts with the complainant, in the second and separate case, but involving the same suspect, two counts of statutory rape were laid on Saturday 6 May 2023, by the parents of two boys aged 15 and 17. He will remain in police custody until his next court appearance.

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